The Real Deal with Camille

True Stories of Life as an Entrepreneur

12. Asking Great Questions | El Knezevic | The Real Deal with Camille Podcast

El Knezevic is an intuitive money mindset and abundance coach for women in business. She empowers women to break through their inner glass ceiling and get in the financially fierce mindset and energy that makes money inevitable. As a former business-owner in the male-dominated construction industry, El is passionate about shifting the financial consciousness of ... Read more

10. The Gift in the Shit | Annie P. Ruggles | The Real Deal with Camille Podcast

My guest is Annie P. Ruggles. For over a decade, Annie P. has harnessed her Hulk-like disdain for hard-sales, tacky self-promotion, and overly competitive sleazeballs as inspiration to help people find better ways to grow their small business. As Founder of The Non-Sleazy Sales Academy, she’s guided hundreds of people toward making deeper connections, lasting ... Read more

8. You’re Either In or In the Way | Len Glassman | The Real Deal with Camille Podcast

Len Glassman is a Master Level Personal Trainer and Certified Health Nutritionist with over 25 years of professional fitness experience. He is the owner of Personal Best Training Center and Fit Pro Express Virtual Training. He is dedicated to helping people achieve and maintain optimal health and fitness at all stages of life. Len is ... Read more

6. Planting Seeds | Jen Vellenga | The Real Deal with Camille Podcast

My guest is Jen Vellenga, Co-Founder of Voice First World. She’s a former professor of theatre, academic leader, stage director, and speaking coach turned entrepreneur. It’s always interesting how other people pick up on things you say that you don’t even realize you're saying. In this episode, Jen shares how one of her former students ... Read more

How The Real Deal with Camille Got Started

Somewhere in the middle of 2021 my husband popped into my office and gave me a wake-up call. He said he didn’t know what was going on with me, but I had better figure it out because it was clear I wasn’t happy and that was making our whole family miserable.

Message received! I did some soul searching, talked with my head coach, and decided to revive my coaching business.

I had been coaching in some form or the other since about 2015, but since 2017 my primary focus had been on my financial services business, Serenity Financial. While I was very talented in that field and my team was kicking butt, I just didn’t love doing it the way I love coaching.

To help relaunch my coaching business I hired a branding coach, Iris Culp with IC Growth. During one of our sessions she briefly told me to start recording my story of rebuilding the coaching business. She said she didn’t know what we’d do with the recording but just start doing it.

When I hire a coach I typically do what they say, so I started recording. I finished working with Iris, launched The Optimized Zone, and kept on recording my journey. (Iris completely forgot she even said anything, but you can hear more about that when her episode comes out.)

In the meantime I carried on with my current podcast, MoneyHeart. After recording over 100 episodes, I realized that while that show was well aligned with my financial services brand, it was not well aligned with my business coaching brand.

I knew I needed to end MoneyHeart but I had no idea what to do next… I know. I’m a little slow sometimes. Finally it hit me. Use all those recordings I’d been making over the past year and add in some guest episodes to create a new show. Duh! I only had about 60 solo recordings done at the time, lol.

Knowing MoneyHeart was ending I started asking the remaining guests if they would stay on for a few minutes extra and record something for my new show. They always said yes. And just like that, The Real Deal with Camille started to come together.

The Real Deal with Camille is about true stories of life as an entrepreneur. So many people claim that business life and personal life must stay separate. The reality is that when you’re an entrepreneur you are your business. What happens in your life affects how you show up at work whether you want it to or not.

In this show you’re getting the real me. My true story. The ups, the downs, the personal stuff, the business stuff, and all the messy in between. It’s never as easy as it looks from the outside but for me it’s always worth it.

I’ve been exceptionally fortunate that my guests have trusted me to share their stories as well. It’s my hope that by sharing our stories we can lift other entrepreneurs and inspire them to keep going. There is no overnight success, but there is plenty of success to be had.

I hope you’ll join us by listening to and sharing these true stories of life as an entrepreneur.



Enjoy the journey.